Atlantic Ocean, NY (Iceland) Navy Bomber Crash, Nov 1941
12 MEN PERISH AS HUGE NAVY BOMBER CRASHES IN ATLANTIC.
DETAILS OF DISASTER ARE WITHHELD; ONE OF VICTIMS ARMY OFFICER, PASSENGER ABOARD PLANE.
Washington, Nov. 3 -- (AP) -- Loss of a huge bomber in the Atlantic with the death of 12 men was announced by the navy tonight -- its third report within two weeks of major disaster.
The ship crashed, the navy said, and killed the two officers and nine men of her crew and also an army officer, Lieut. W. P. ROBINSON, who was described as a passenger.
Where the bomber crashed, what may have caused the disaster, and all other details were withheld for the time being.
The type of ship itself was not identified in the navy's announcement. From the number of men aboard, it was believed, however, that it must have been one of the huge PBY flying boats used for long distance sea patrols.
The navy announcement said:
"The navy department today announced that wreckage of U.S. navy bomber which has been missing since mid-morning Sunday has been found and that the crew of 11 officers and men and an army officer who was a passenger on the flight were killed in the crash."
"The plane was operating in the Atlantic Ocean area."
"The U.S. army officer was Second Lieutenant W. P. ROBINSON, U.S.A."
Neither the navy nor the war department was able to give Lieut. ROBINSON'S address immediately.
Victims of Crash.
The navy men were:
Ensign CARL M. THORNQUIST, naval reserve, Newton, Mass.
Ensign CARL BLALEK, naval reserve, New Hackensack, N.Y.
COY M. WEEMS, aviation ordnanceman, first class, Ocean View, Va.
JOSEPH S. WANCK, radio man, second class, Escondido, Calif.
VERN H. ANDERSON, aviation machinist's mate, second class, Norfolk, Va.
ANDREW R. BRAZILLE, radio man, third class, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
OCRAN G. KNEHR, radio man, second class, Benmoreel Park, Norfolk, Va.
WILLIAM L. PAYNE, aviation ordnance machinist, third class, Dahlgren, Va.
M. GROUND, seaman, second class, Bason, N.Y.
E. L. COOPER, seaman, second class, Brooklyn, N.Y.
WALTER VINCENT GARRISON, aviation machinist's mate, first class, Ocean View, Va.
Lieut. ROBINSON'S address was not reported immediately.
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